One in a series of pictures taken in the Northern Thai city of Chiang Mai. Chiang Mai is a haven of peace after the hustle and bustle of Bangkok. With over three hundred Buddhist temples there is much to see and all in relative tranquility. It also offers access to the Golden Triangle and some impressive mountain scenery.
Some information from Wikipedea:
Chiang Mai is the largest and most culturally significant city in northern Thailand. It is the capital of Chiang Mai Province, a former capital of the Kingdom of Lanna (1296–1768) and was the tributary Kingdom of Chiang Mai from 1774 until 1939. It is located 700 kilometers (435 miles) north of Bangkok, among the highest mountains in the country. The city lies along the Ping River, a major tributary of the Chao Phraya River. Chiang Mai means "new city" and was so-named because it was the new capital, founded in 1296, succeeding Chiang Rai (founded 1262) in the capital of the Lanna kingdom.
In recent years, Chiang Mai has become an increasingly modern city and has been attracting over 5 million visitors each year, of which between 1.4 million and 2 million are foreign tourists.
It has recently positioned itself to become a Creative City, and is considering applying for Creative City Status with UNESCO. Chiang Mai is the only tourist destination in Thailand to have made it into the 2012 list of "25 Best Destinations in the World" of the popular travel website TripAdvisor, it stands in place 24.
Chiang Mai's historic importance is derived from its close proximity to the Ping River and major trading routes.
King Mengrai founded the city of Chiang Mai in 1296 on the location of an older city of the Lawa people called Wiang Nopburi. Chiang Mai succeeded Chiang Rai as the capital of the Lanna kingdom. The ruler was known as the Chao.
The city was surrounded by a moat and a defensive wall, since nearby Burma was a constant threat as well as the armies of the Mongol Empire which only decades earlier had conquered most of Yunnan, China, and in 1292 overran the bordering Thai Lü kingdom of Chiang Hung. Parts of the moat and restored defensive walls are still visible.
With the decline of the Lanna Kingdom, the city lost importance and was occupied by the Burmese in 1556. Chiang Mai formally became part of Siam in 1775 by an agreement with Chao Kavila, after the Thai King Taksin helped drive out the Burmese. Because of the Burmese counterattacks, Chiang Mai was abandoned between 1776 and 1791. Lampang then served as the capital of what remained of Lanna. In the intervening years Chiang Mai has subsequently regained its position, slowly growing in cultural, trading and economic importance to its current status as the unofficial capital of northern Thailand, second in importance only to Bangkok.
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carlo62 (43523) 2013-05-10 1:00
la strada contornata di elementi rossi, ci porta dritta dritta verso lo splendido monumento religioso, molto particolare ed originale con quelle scritte.
Fis2 (93793) 2013-05-10 1:08
A very curious place!
Excellent frame and perspective.
I like delicate colours.
Have a nice day
Royaldevon (36089) 2013-05-10 1:39
Good Morning Stephen,
You must have had a great time, discovering all these amazing and culturally different places. The converging lines, colourful with their banners and umbrellas, make a very effective guide to the Buddha. The light has created long shadows across the sandy floor, adding further interest.
Are the little pots for candles or receptacles for offerings?
Have a lovely day,
fabbs99 (17129) 2013-05-10 2:43
Excellent shot of the Buddha Temple.I like the decorations in red.Excellent light and colors.
Perfectly well done. Love it.
All the best for a good day
timecapturer (49288) 2013-05-10 2:56
fascinating shot with an enticing perspective enhanced by the light and shadows that draw you in irresistibly. Immaculate details and colours that make this image so attractive and beautiful.
Have a great weekend - Brian.
Sergiom (73374) 2013-05-10 5:18
Il n'y a pas à dire. Les célébrations religieuses en Thaïlande sont très colorées. Ici, j'aime la profondeur qu'apportent les nombreux fanions qui se dirigent vers la statue.
Nicou (136112) 2013-05-10 5:45
Fantastique image et perspective avec ces châpeaux rouge et cette statue en fond et les dorures quelle compo et vue quel ensemble et image grandiose.
Bravo et amitié
Noel_Byrne (29165) 2013-05-10 8:05
You have a gift for great lighting, and this combined with the depth in this shot makes a real beauty. The flags with the red tops make an excellent lead in to the scene, drawing the eye perfectly to the stupa at the end. Thanks as always
wolf38 (31286) 2013-05-10 8:54
Hi Stephen. A very nice and colorful photo. Especially the color red plays a big role here. The light from the side is ideal. Instructive text - as always.
Romano46 (18472) 2013-05-10 10:18
un'altra bella veduta della Thailandia nel tuo inconfondibile stile fatto di colori sfumati, bella composizione e toni morbidi.
Bello e interessante anche il soggetto.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
ourania (41194) 2013-05-10 11:19
a very good description of this intriguing place that looks well set up and well maintained. The modern building on the right hinders the creation of an exotic atmosphere but your composition and colour management have made its presence as discreet as possible. Depth, perspective and clarity are excellent. I like very much the sweet and clear morning light as well as the delicious contrasting colours. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely weekend,
pierrefonds (63310) 2013-05-10 14:56
Les parasols rouges envoient mon regard vers le stupa ce qui donne de la profondeur à la composition. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails et les couleurs du stupa. La bonne luminosité valorise les couleurs de l'image. Bonne soirée.
rogerl (1616) 2013-05-10 17:12
Stephen, a very interesting shot with many different points of interest. I particularly like the framing of the Buddha by the red parasols, and the symmetry with which you chose to capture that. A little more saturation overall would make this shot really pop. Great shadows. Thanks.
Urs (14082) 2013-05-10 17:12
This POV I even like better the previous one in your gallery. In a way it is more dynamic and bold. As all the banners and umbrellas lead to Buddha seated in the BG. It must have been a very sunny day, when I look a the reddish tone of overall picture. Well done
dkmurphys (55861) 2013-05-10 22:42
Well created perspective and impressive decoration in this image. Good catch, have a fine day.
Silvio1953 (136675) 2013-05-11 5:59
Ciao Stephen, great perspective on beautiful monument, wonderful colors, splendid light and excellent clarity, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
ChrisJ (109494) 2013-05-12 10:15
Sawasdee Krab Stephen
I like the dual rows of umbrella topped pennants adding superb linear perspective and vanishing point. Good sharpness and attractive warm colours of red gold and ochre earth that contrast well against the blue sky. Have a nice Sunday!
Cricri (115533) 2013-05-12 23:21
Bonne perspective, la vue sur le stupa, toujours de jolies couleurs rouges et dorées, netteté et lumière qui renforce les détails et les couleurs, belle présentation
- Copyright: Stephen Nunney (snunney) (94835)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-02-00
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 1100D, Canon 18-55mm EF-S f/3.5-5.6 IS
- Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-05-10 0:28